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New street signs installed in historic area of downtown Columbia


City of Columbia Public Works employees installed new street signs in some parts of downtown Columbia.

An area between Fifth and Sixth streets and East Ash and East Walnut streets – near the post office -- was once a cultural center of Columbia’s Black community.

The new signs include the words "historic sharp end.” Between 1900-1960s the area was full of Black-owned businesses, according to a social media post from the city.

The city said in a social media post that it hopes “these signs will serve as a reminder of those who built and fostered the historic community.”

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